Get lost in D.C. area corn mazes

October 21, 2013

What could be a spookier Halloween activity than getting lost in a maze of corn?

Corn mazes are a fun way to get moving outside. Take a wrong turn, and you could find yourself at a dead end or back where you started! But once you’re done taking lots of twists and turns during your trip through a corn maze, you’ll find your way out.

What’s even better? Before or after your trip, lots of farms with corn mazes have apples or pumpkins to pick, snacks to eat, hayrides to take and farm animals to pet.

What’s really fun about some farms around Washington this fall? From the ground you might see just corn, but from up above, you’ll see a fun design the farmer picked out.

Summers Farm,
Frederick, Maryland

Fourteen acres, 21 / 2 miles of pathways and two bridges make up the Summers Farm corn maze. And to honor the Super Bowl XLVII champion Baltimore Ravens, farm owners Jeff and Teresa Summers Greenwood designed their maze this year to look like the football team’s logo.

The maze is divided into areas for the young and old. There is a smaller section for little kids and a more-challenging larger maze. Depending on the path you take, it can take from 30 minutes to several hours to find your way out.

Want a spooky trip through the maze? On Friday and Saturday nights, you can grab a flashlight and head through the maze in the dark. And don’t miss out on a pumpkin train, rubber ducky races, slides, apple cider doughnuts and, for Ravens fans, cannons that shoot apples into a field filled with targets for all the team’s rivals.

Monday-Thursday 1 to 7 p.m., Friday 1 to 10:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., through November 3. 5620 Butterfly Lane, Frederick. 301-620-9316. www.summersfarm.com. $6.50 weekdays; $10 weekends; age 2 and younger free.

Wayside Farm,
Berryville, Virginia

For some Angry Birds fun that doesn’t involve a cellphone or iPad, head to Wayside Farm. The owners of this Virginia farm designed their 15-acre corn maze to look like the popular game and even have a larger-than-life Angry Bird in a slingshot that aims for Dan-D Farms in Iowa, where another Angry Bird corn maze can be found with pigs for the birds to knock out.

Wayside farm co-owner Harriet Wegmeyer said she and her husband, Tyler, had no choice but to design an Angry Birds maze.

“The entire concept came from our three boys: Tucker, Torsten and Colden,” Wegmeyer said. “They insisted an Angry Birds maze was the only option for fun.”

After you find your way out of the maze, visit the Wayside Farm pick-your-own pumpkin patch, watch pig races or play at the farm’s pumpkin playhouse or play yard.

Friday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through November 3. 5273 Harry Byrd Highway, Berryville. 540-539-3276. www.waysidefarmfun.com. $10; age 2 and younger free. There is no admission fee to the pumpkin patch.

Corn Maze in The Plains,
Virginia

A corn maze is the main attraction at this family-owned farm. This year’s theme is “A Hoot of a Time.”

For the five-acre maze, the Corn Maze in The Plains owners Kate and Hub Knott designed an owl, their eldest daughter Violet’s favorite bird.

The Knotts have designed a new corn maze every year for more than 10 years. When you wander into the maze, you get a flag, crayon and “survival guide” that helps you discover clues that lead you to the exit. Worried that you won’t find your way? Wave the flag, and someone will come to your rescue.

In addition to the maze, the Knotts’ farm also has a barnyard, hayloft, hayrides, pumpkin sling shot, obstacle course, country store and a Sunday farmers market.

Friday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through November 10. 4501 Old Tavern Road, The Plains. 540-456-7339. www.cornmazeintheplains.com. $10; $8 age 12 and younger; age 3 and younger free.

Margaret Ely

Margaret Ely is a producer and reporter for Local Living and Weekend. Previously, she was an intern for the Post’s Metro section.
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